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Accommodation requests with a “return to normal”

With communications from senior administration about an expected “return to work,” we know that our members face different circumstances. We are aware that there is a general expectation from administration that students be taught face-to-face and that other necessary collegial and academic work take place on campus as the expectation of “returning to normal” is […]

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Nursing Update

Months ago, College of Nursing faculty members requested to meet with President Stoicheff. Last week, rather than receive a petition signed by faculty members from across the university demanding he meet with Nursing faculty members, the President held meetings with Nursing faculty members. While we recognize the efforts that have been made by President Stoicheff […]

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U of S Administration needs to pursue just and respectful relations with Indigenous faculty

The USFA Executive Committee remains dumbfounded at how Senior Administration at USask continues to embarrass our University Community in relation to Indigenous issues. For the latest, please see the following CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/real-carriere-rejected-university-saskatchewan-documentation-1.6482089 The USFA encourages members to continue to share their concerns with the Provost and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement (copied to usfa@usaskfaculty.ca) to push the university […]

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National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month.  During this month, celebrate the cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples across Canada, and in Saskatchewan. This is an opportunity to learn and celebrate the rich history, heritage, resilience, diversity and contributions of Indigenous Peoples to our country and province. It is also a time to acknowledge […]

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National Nursing Week: Thank a Nurse

This is National Nursing Week in Canada and May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, is International Nurses Day.  National Nursing Week is a week that draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall to showcase […]

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Crisis in the College of Nursing (A university lesson on how to bury one’s head in the sand)

On March 4, 2022, the faculty and student representatives in the College of Nursing passed a vote of no-confidence, citing the entire executive team over longstanding governance failures in the Dean’s office. The motion passed with an overwhelming majority of 51 (67.1%) Faculty Council members in favour, 20 (26.3%) against, and 5 abstentions (6.6%) despite deans and directors, voting members from other colleges, who […]

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2022 USFA Executive Committee Election Results

For those who were not in attendance at the Spring General Meeting to hear the results of this year’s election announced, we are pleased to tell you that we have two new Executive Committee members and four returning members.  Elected to the Executive for a two-year term are Helen Vandenberg in Category A, and Paula […]

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Worker’s Day of Mourning

April 28 is the Canadian National Day of Mourning. It was initiated by unions almost four decades ago and officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. This day is dedicated to remembering workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. It is […]

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2022 GAA another example of administration’s choices

On April 6th the annual meeting of the General Academic Assembly (GAA) took place.  The GAA is a component of University governance established by the University of Saskatchewan Act. It is composed of all faculty members, specific University administrators, and several student representatives, with the President of the University serving as chair. Quorum is 150 members. The […]

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